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The Lower Rogue River

Big-Water Winter Steelheading
  • A big spey fly in the mouth of a big steelhead
    Steelhead on the Swing All of our Lower Rogue steelhead trips are spey trips.
  • Spey Casting on the Lower Rogue River
    Bring a big spey rod The Lower Rogue is a place where you might feel under-gunned with a 7wt spey rod. Stiff 7 weights, 8 and 9 weights are best here.
  • Hooked up on the Lower Rogue River
    Fish On Ocean-fresh steelhead travel up the edges of the river as they migrate upstream. When you find one, there are usually more!
  • Jet Boating the Lower Rogue River
    Access via Jet Boat We use jet boats to access the best water on the Lower Rogue. All fishing is done while wading.
  • A riffle on the Lower Rogue River
    Big Water The Lower Rogue is big and wide. Bring a heavy rod, your skagit lines, and heavy tips.
  • An ocean-fresh Lower Rogue Steelhead
    Ocean-Fresh Steelhead We catch most of our steelhead on the Lower Rogue within 15 miles of the ocean. These fish are bright as can be. 10 pounders are common here.
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Season
Flies

If you like big water, jet boats, dramatic scenery, and chrome fish, come fish the Lower Rogue. We love it for all those reasons. We have access to the lower 50 miles of river, including the ability to run our jet boats up into the Wild and Scenic section and the lower reaches of the Illinois River in the Rogue River/Siskiyou National Forest. From there to the mouth at Gold Beach, water types transform from channelized ledge rock to large sweeping gravel bars. Several of our clients have compared quality of water, the scenery, and the feel of the Lower Rogue to B.C. rivers. We like to think of it as a super highway for fish, giving them access to several large and dozens of smaller tributaries. Thousands of steelhead and salmon ascend the Lower Rogue every year. We target winter steelhead on the Lower Rogue from January through March.

Lower Rogue River Guide Availability
Dec 11: Gino Bernero
Dec 12: Gino Bernero
Dec 13: Gino Bernero
Dec 17: Gino Bernero
Dec 18: Gino Bernero
Dec 19: Gino Bernero
Dec 20: Gino Bernero
Dec 21: Gino Bernero
Dec 22: Gino Bernero
Jan 10: Leslie Ajari
For more Lower Rogue dates, please visit our Online Booking page!
Gear Recommendations for the Lower Rogue River
Rods, Reels & Lines: We use 7-9wt spey rods on the Lower Rogue. We fish floating lines on the switch rods and interchangeable tip Skagit lines on the spey rods.
Leaders, Tippet & Indicators: We usually use 10-15# Maxima tippet on the Lower Rogue. Tapered leaders are not necessary.
Waders & Boots: We use chest-high breathable waders on the Lower Rogue. Spiked wading boots are recommended, but not absolutely necessary. Make sure to bring your own wading belt.
Season
January, February and March are the prime months for winter steelheading on the Oregon Coast.
Flies:
Nymphs:
• Black Rubberlegs, 6
• Morrish's Dirty Bird, olive, 6-8
Eggs:
• Large, weighted Glo Bugs, orange
• Thunder Eggs, orange, 6
Leeches for Swinging:
• Fox's Sleech, Black & Copper, 2
• Miller's Olive Super Spey Leech, 1
• Egg Sucking String Leech, 2
Sample Itinerary
Meeting Time & Place: We typically meet our clients at their hotel at 7:30am.
Vehicle Considerations: Typically we have our clients ride with us in our own vehicles.
Wading difficulty: All trips involve wading. The wading is mostly over cobble bottoms and not overly challenging.
Multiple Fisheries in one Day: There are many rivers on the southern Oregon coast. We are always on the hunt for the best water conditions. In a full day of fishing we might visit two or more different rivers.
Length of the Day: Most full days conclude around 5:30pm. Half days end around 1:00pm.
Lodging & Travel Info
Please visit our Gold Beach page for local hotel and restaurant recommendations.
Public Lands
Some of our Lower Rogue River fly fishing trips are conducted on public lands administered by the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Confluence Outfitters is an equal opportunity recreation service provider and operates under special use permit with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
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